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After a cavalry charge during the 1916 U.S. "war against Pancho Villa," unheroic awards officer Tom Thorn (who is obsessed with the nature of courage) recommends 4 men for the Medal of Honor. He is ordered back to Cordura with them...and prisoner Adelaide Geary, gringo who sheltered the enemy. On the arduous journey, Thorn's heroes show a different face, and Thorn may have one last chance to prove he's no coward. Written by
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Besides looking far too old for his character, Gary Cooper was actually quite ill during shooting, and participated in this film against the advice of his doctors. Towards the end of the film he was dragged 100 yards along the ground by a railroad handcar, something film critic Stanley Kauffmann complained about in an issue in the magazine New Republic. See more »
Major Thorn improperly salutes Colonel DeRose in the opening scene when he dismissed. He should have saluted and held his salute until it was acknowledged. Instead, he lowers his arm even before Colonel Rose acknowledges it. See more »
Sgt. John Chawk:
[of a hand-pumped railroad cart]
Ladies and gents, this is the Spitball Express. Heroes ride free;
[eyes Adelaide suggestively]
Sgt. John Chawk:
ladies at their own risk. As far as majors are concerned, the end of the line comes a lot closer than they think. All aboard!
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Robert Rossen shows us the human conflict between courage and cowardice.
On March 8, 1916, Pancho Villa and his army crossed the border, destroying the city of Columbus, the state of New Mexico. The U.S. government in retaliation launches a punitive operation, which only meets resistance at the ranch "Guerrero. " Robert Rossen directed this unusual Western that explores a topic in a masterly manner as representative of this genre such as cowardice and bravery of the men. . A phrase of Rita Haywort is marking the evolution of the film. 'The man who once was a coward not to say that it is all his life and the man who once was a brave does not mean that all his life living as such".
Human conflict posed Rossen turns cold, repetitive and somewhat artificial as the script progresses. The search for the contrast between courage and cowardice and reflections on the subject are unnatural (some discussions are inappropriate for its intended significance), bringing the end a fairly adulterated. It is a human conflict that reminds us of its presence in many films.
But the performances are impeccable, among which Cooper and Hayworth.
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